Experiences when crossing the border, and dealing with my Dark Passenger SHORT FICTION, PAGE 8
Wrestling’s storied revolution SPORTS, PAGE 9
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THE STUDENT MOVEMENT
Issue 10 - Windsor’s Independent, Student Newspaper
September 1st, 2011 | FREE
Rock the boat on student loans in October provincial election By Mike Longmoore
Undergraduate students in Ontario paid the highest tuition fees ($6,307) in Canada, followed by students in New Brunswick who paid average university tuition fees of $5,516.Undergraduate fees have increased by 5.4%, while graduate fees have spiked 10 %, according to the Canadian Federation of Students. This is happening at a time when a growing “job desert” threatens the economic future of all young Canadians. A job desert results from governments across the industrialized world increasing retirement age to deal with the pension meltdown that is hollowing out retirees’ security. Premier Dalton McGuinty at the Caboto Club, on August 8th. Photo by Ian Clough.
Promoting hope & understanding in the Democratic Republic of Congo By: Katelyn Murray
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is known for being one of the most volatile countries in the world. In fact, it has been labelled by human rights activists as the worst place in the world to be a woman due to the mass rape campaigns perpetrated by an alphabet soup of armies and rebel groups. Since 1885, conquest, personal rule, colonialism, assassination, dictatorship, invasion, and seemingly perpetual war have all rocked this great nation, situated in the centre of the African continent.
Amidst the chaos, what’s left of people’s lives are pieces, scattered carelessly across the Earth as many of us in the West go through our days without a thought for the Congolese people. In April, I had the opportunity to travel to North Kivu province in the Eastern region of the DRC. I prepared myself for what horrors I might encounter, but instead found a pocket of peace, rolling natural beauty, and kindness.
As part of a project with the Windsor-based charitable organization Kujali Congo, I stayed in the village of Lukanga for two and a half weeks with one other Canadian member of our organization. I met with village leaders, played with students and learned more about their schools, and interviewed brave young people who take a stand for justice and community development. Not only did I learn about both challenges and successes in the village, but I also learned a lot about myself and was able to question my role as a development activist asking questions such as ‘What is sustainability?’ and ‘What is my role in helping to foster peace?’
In Canada, this is accomplished by financially encouraging workers in industry as well as academia to work
beyond the traditional retirement age of 65 and further penalizing workers who retire early.
According to Service Canada, the proportion of university professors aged 55 and over in 2006 was much higher than that of all occupations (32% compared with 15%). The same pattern of aging employees can now be seen across the entire job spectrum from industry to public service. How does this impact colleges and universities in hiring new faculty, who are traditionally a source of new ideas? This means that students emerging from university with huge debts will be forced into precarious employment, with little chance of paying offtheir loans as desperate seniors hang on to jobs. Continued on page 5.
Knowing your rights when dealing with the police
By Jae Muzzin
A few months ago, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a 19 person panel of former heads of state and top UN officials, published a damning report about the policies behind the US-led War on Drugs. The panel found that the War on Drugs has failed in its objectives and has led to the wrongful criminalization of millions of people. Governments scrambled to defend the global narcotics policing apparatus and the Draconian drug laws that feed ever increasing numbers of people to the prisonindustrial complex. The panel’s findings only echo what working class people have known of the drug war since the very beginning. Since the war on drugs plays out on the street level through ongoing harassment by the police in lower income neighbourhoods, and certain ages and demographics are disproportionately affected, we must know and understand our rights in regards to searches, arrests and other encounters with the police.
“Man I hate hate but I hate bigots - especially the ones who make eight digits” (Invincible: “Shapeshifter”) By Meghan Mills
Hip hop itself was premised on the confrontation of oppression, specifically, white supremacy. However, despite being relevant to women – especially, non-white women – many female artists began to feel alienated as hip hop gained mainstream attention. This shift moved hip hop away from resistance, and instead, succumbed to popular discourses of capitalism, sexism, and racial stereotypes. Nevertheless, this shift has not stopped many women including MC Lyte, Jean Grae, Queen Latifah, and Lauryn Hill from not only making empowering music, but also from being successful.
Successful female artist Alana Weaver, more commonly Kujali Congo aims to do two main things: first, to sup- known as Invincible, had taken the rap scene in Detroit port primary education as a means of re-building com- by storm in the late 1990s. As a critically-acclaimed hip hop artist, Invincible not only raps about equity but munities in this post-war situation. also promotes it in the community. In an interview with Continued on page 7. Democracy Now! Continued on page 8.
The first thing to know is when to assert your rights, and this can only be decided by yourself. Recognize what your comfort zone is when dealing with the police, and know to assert your rights when the police violate that comfort zone. Ask yourself, do you feel comfortable with the police: -knowing your name and address? -seeing what’s inside the trunk of your car? -being inside your home? -frisking and doing a pat down search to the outside of your body? -seeing you naked?
Only you know the answers to these questions. The important thing to remember is that the time to assert yourself is when you feel the police have overstepped their roles as peace officers and are violating your rights. What follows is a brief overview of your rights when dealing with the police. Knowing this could save you from prison, or save your life. Continued on page 3.
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Information on The Student Movement Current Editorial Committee Mohammad Akbar Ian Clough Tracy Huynh Meghan Mills Ken Townsend
Mission Statement The Student Movement is Windsor’s grassroots, student newspaper. Founded to inform and empower, TSM reports on political issues that affect the youth of Windsor, especially education and campus issues. The newspaper prides itself on critical and empowering journalism that encourages political participation and discussion.
The Student Movement | September 1st, 2011
More than a newspaper
By the Editorial Committee
Most newspapers believe in a myth of unbiased reporting, journalists who stay on the outside or periphery and write without getting involved. They feel that their work will not be blemished with their own personal opinions, but this is impossible. Information is placed in an article based on importance, but how does one decide what’s important?
The Student Movement is not like this. Our members are involved in the community and participate in what we report on. Many of us are student advocates and activists in the Windsor community. We report on topics that other media ignore because we are not on the sidelines but the frontlines.
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radically in the twentieth century than in all previous centuries combined; now it seems as though this will also be the case for the twenty-first century. When looking at the course of humanity from a very broad perspective, it becomes very clear how important our generation is, and therefore our generation’s social conditioning.
Let’s begin by looking at what’s predicted for this century. We are nearing the collapse of the United States of America, which imperialism expert Johan Galtung predicts to happen in 2020. The repercussions will obviously be massive and it could lead to many different, possibly catastrophic, scenarios. If current absurd economic practices continue, a series of essential resources such fossil fuels, fresh water, and even fish, are all predicted to be depleted within this century. Environmental catastrophe from both resource consumption and pollution is another obvious threat that could require major, fundamental changes in every society.
Get involved! TSM is currently looking for writers, volunteers, photographers, Relating to all these possibilities, and most copy-editors, distributers, editors and general members. To ominous of all, is the threat of major military get involved, email us at email@example.com conflicts between states as a result of these issues. Support Through Donations TSM is a not-for-profit organization and our printing is funded entirely through donations and fundraising. If you’d like to show your support through donations, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or make a donation during one of our tabling sessions (watch our twitter for times and locations). Submission Guidelines The direction of each edition of TSM is decided at each month’s general meeting, so that’s the best time to pitch an article (these meetings are open to anyone). Articles should be submitted to email@example.com by the third Wednesday of the month, otherwise they may not make print. Word count should be 300-750 words. All major edits will be returned to the author for approval. We encourage you to include photos, but you MUST have permission to use them (preferably just use your own). Please indicate the author of any and all pictures. For more info, visit tsmwindsor.ca/info
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When writing our stories, we consider different points of view, but are not afraid to state our own. We encourage everyone to empower themselves and report on what’s happening in their departments and communities instead of passively waiting for someone to notice. Our goal is to foster an active, political community on campus and throughout the greater Windsor community.
Editorial: The Critical Generations
Contact Our office is in the OPIRG house at 372 California Ave. By Mohammed Almoayad (behind the Neal Education Building) and you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org It can easily be said that the world changed more Organizational Structure The Editorial Committee of The Student Movement meets weekly to produce each edition of the newspaper. All decisions are made through consensus and the newspaper is accountable to the general membership at general meetings which are held following the release of each edition. There is no editor-in-chief or leader: we pride ourselves on the democratic structure of the newspaper. For more information, please visit tsmwindsor.ca/info
Unlike mainstream media, we not only report on events but organize them. Over the past summer, TSM organized a march in solidarity with lockedout postal workers. In the spring, we organized a town hall to discuss the events in Libya and Egypt.
As international power structures shift, as states
scramble to gain control of dwindling resources (which has already begun), and as they react to the new rapidly dynamic global conditions, major military conflict would seem almost certain, and the threat of the use of nuclear weapons, which continue to be proliferated today, becomes a likely possibility. By the end of this century, the world will necessary be radically changed and it will not be possible for industrialized society to continue the way it exists now on the most basic levels, if it will exist at all.
Therefore, the generations of human beings growing up within this century are arguably the most important of all time. How enlightened we are, what principles and ideologies we accept, and what decisions we make will decide the fate of the species in this possibly terminal phase of human existence. If you look at these generations, there’s both despair and hope. On the one hand, the majority of youth are still strongly indoctrinated and lack any rational values or capacities to think critically. The main method of marginalization in industrialized societies is to impose nonsensical values through institutions; everyone is isolated from one another on an already set path towards the pursuit of personal material goods and comfortable retirement. Continued on page 4.
Editorial: Games like “Asshole” help raise GPA and University ratings
By Ken Ternoey
Another year has started and, as usual, the same issues of grief arise including certain school policies, massive loans, paltry bank accounts and wonderful yet impossible relationships and friendships. It’s time to put away any dreams of the fun life, because now the focus must be on attending classes, listening, reading, writing, submitting, and going with the flow even when it seems depressing. School policies are rules to be obeyed and are an active factor in all aspects of university life. Academic rules promote equality and a certain quality of education generally similar to those rules of other universities. Policies that reflect on the social world include an extra factor by strongly suggesting how students ought to act both on and off campus. In this sense, administrations’ conservative bias to passivity seems to smack in the face of the idea of a liberal education. Our continued low interuniversity ratings reflect this attitude. Is the poor school rating caused by administration rules or the failure of students to seriously bring social issue shortcomings to administration? Certainly if there is no student voice, administration has no external incentive to develop liberal policies. The current policies that do not favour student development in academic, social, and financial areas need to be identified and revisited. Students who are multitasking with academic requirements, the work force, and becoming part of society need some free time to unwind perhaps at a wild party or hot game of “Asshole.” It’s still better than being a
Zombie, merely living by habit and acting as a data base. I don’t feel that administration fully realises the student social element requirement. At this time, on account of the budget deficit, the administration may appear open to student interests, but their focus is strictly to raise our university rating and cheapen the educational process while validating their own positions.
Sadly, so many students seek the least effort, least input, least chance for aggravation and least personal achievement with regards to campus life’s challenging experiences. They want the degree, the certification for a society that insists on certification for everything. Perhaps it is because most students are so disconnected with the issues that scream for changes (that promote dynamic living) that they willingly endure the perpetual shortfalls in university life. In recent years it is a fact that students simply enjoy less campus life for more expense. Macdonald Residence (once the zoo) seems to contradict this observation but concentrating the celebration of living in one restricted space can skew general/ average societal impact.
I encourage three action items. Firstly, read the TSM bulletins; secondly, jot down some issue of concern and write an article for TSM; and thirdly get involved in TSM to make this a better campus. In this way you can learn to do by doing and experience the value of your input regardless of any immediate success. Do this and raise the rating and more students will come, and maybe one day realize more campus living for less expense.
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By Vajo Stajic and Darryl Gallinger
Tuition Fee Report
By Ian Clough
On April 26th, the University of Windsor’s Board of Governors passed a tuition fee hike, increasing fees for most students by 4% for the 2011/12 school year. Dr. Ed King, OPUS President, was the only one to vote against a tuition fee increase at the Resource Allocation Committee (RAC) where tuition fees were discussed, a committee where he is the only student repre-
Continued from Knowing Your Rights
Under Canadian law, your rights are enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The charter is a long document, but the items that are important to police encounters are as follows:
- Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure. - Everyone has the right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned. -Everyone has the right on arrest or detention: -to be informed promptly of the reasons therefore; - to retain and instruct counsel without delay and to be informed of that right; - Everyone has the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment. If the police stop you, you do not have to answer general questions like “Where do you work?” or “Where are you coming from?” When you interact with the police, always remember to play it cool. Generally, your goal should be to get the encounter over with as soon as possible. Always remain polite, using vulgarities and abusive language will not help if the matter is brought to court. If an officer stops you and starts to asks you questions, simply respond with “Am I being detained or am I free to go?” If you are not being detained, leave immediately. The more the police talk to you, the more information they can gather and the more they can use to prosecute you. If you are detained, remember to not talk to the police, just remain silent and ask to speak to a lawyer. No matter what the police say, remember that refusing to talk to the police is not the same as obstruction of justice.
sentative. After RAC, the University’s proposed tuition fee structure is presented to the Academic Policy Committee, and then it goes on to Senate before finally reaching the Board of Governors. For context, since the 2004 Ontario tuition fee freeze was lifted by the Liberal government, the University of Windsor’s domestic tuition fees have increased every year, usually by the provincial maxi-
When you are detained, the police are allowed to do a “pat-down” search. This is supposed to be for the officer’s safety and is only a quick frisk on the outside of clothes for the purpose of finding threats to officer’s safety such as weapons. This does not mean they can go in your pockets, under your clothes, or through your bags.
Normally, you do not have to show them your ID nor do you have to carry one. Moreover, you’re not required to tell the police your name. However, if you are driving you are required to present your driver’s license, registration and insurance papers. If you are pulled over, you do not have to answer any questions from the police, other than questions regarding your sobriety or the fitness of your car. You do not have to answer question about where you are going or what is in your trunk. In regards to searches, unless you are officially under arrest or there is a search warrant, generally the police are not allowed to search your person or belongings. At the time of the encounter, don’t worry if you don’t fully understand if the search is legal or not, just repeatedly exclaim “I don’t consent to this search officer.” Make sure you say it loud enough if the encounter is being recorded. This is important because your rights from unreasonable searches are waived when you give the officer consent. In total, there are only three sentences you should ever have to say to the police:
“Am I being detained or am I free to go?” “I don’t consent to this search, officer.” “I’m choosing to remain silent and I’d like to speak to a lawyer. There is a lot more to learn about your rights and much work lies ahead in organizing at the grassroots level to
mum (5% overall, with variations for 1st year students and professional programs). International student tuition fees are unregulated and have often increased at double the rate of domestic fees. The Board of Governors is the body that approves the budget and subsequent tuition fees, but Senate is presented the tuition fee structure beforehand for information (not to vote on) and the ensuing discussion is reported to the Board. During the Senate meeting on April 15th, a motion was put forward to recommend to the Board of Governors not to increase tuition fees for the 2011/12 academic year. This motion was relayed to the Board by
have these rights respected by members of law enforcement. Unless we cherish, understand and exercise our rights, we are at risk of losing them. The recent wars on terrorism and drugs have seen a disturbing shift towards a culture that seems to foster paranoia and authoritarianism. As working people, we need to cultivate a respect for personal
University President Dr. Alan Wildeman. According to Dr. Wildeman, moving a motion to oppose tuition hikes is something Senate “hadn’t done in previous years.” However, the motion in Senate was defeated: 10 in favour, 26 opposed.
At the Board meeting on April 26th, thenGSS President Samantha Clarke asked what alternatives to a tuition hike had been explored. She also raised the issue that, despite frequent tuition fee increases, students don’t see improvements in the quality of education or campus life. Continued on page 5.
freedom because we’ve always faced the business end of repressive state policy. For more information, Jae can be contacted at email@example.com
Most of the legal information in this article came from the Jane-Finch public legal education film, Know Your Rights.
Out on Campus
We’re a small University of Windsor club with an office in Dillon Hall 252. Generally, when we get asked where we are, we point to the rainbow flag proudly hanging in our office window. Or to the most colourfully decorated chalk sandwich board you will ever see. This is our Safe Space. A social area that anyone can chill out, eat lunch, grab a book from our library or watch a movie.
We tend to focus on the social events that bring students together. We know that there is nothing more lonesome than wondering where to find people, where to find a friend or a confident. Out on Campus runs weekly socials to combat the blues of academia and get everyone out to meet our fabulous executive. Social activities are generally small, intimate setting for students who like something low key and the laughs are always guaranteed. Secondly, for those who enjoy a little political slice at life, Out on Campus is also beginning to be heavily engaged with queer related issues at the University of Windsor in order to make our campus a safer space for our members. A few of the
more political events we run are TransRemembrance Day, National Coming Out Day and also an entire week dedicated to Identities.
Finally, we are always willing to lend a hand. We have access to a variety of resources—both on and off campus—for students who find themselves in trouble. Although we are not able to provide counselling, we can put students in touch with professionals who are sympathetic to queer issues and understand that their rights to a healthy environment are important! Think it all sounds awesome? Volunteer with us! There is nothing better than getting involved with a club! 2011 has seen some amazing accomplishments for the queer community so get up and join the movement! As a flashy poster says above our light switch “There are more of us than you think.” So check out our website (www. uwindsor.ca/ooc) or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Hope to see you soon!
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Drop the mother-f!^*&?# FEES!
By Ian Clough
Back in 2008, I helped gather signatures for a reduce tuition fees petition. By my estimation, less than 1% of students I approached would not sign. Yet despite almost all students wishing to see fees drop, there is an air that high tuition fees are a necessary evil. I’ve listed some common myths about tuition fees below with research to dispel them.
If you pay more for school, you get a higher quality education. Unfortunately, our tuition fees do not go towards improved education (in the form of a larger operating budget at this university), but make up for a gap left by underfunding from the provincial government. The University of Windsor will be facing its fourth year of cuts in 2011/12. Funding from provincial government grants has actually Liberal Ontario Minister of Education John Milloy speaking to student delegates at a recent decreased from last year by $462,000 Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario General Meeting. Photo by Ian Clough and this year 50% of the UWindsor’s in this country is a privilege for those who to match provincial education funding operating budget will be funded through can afford it. The steep cost of education dollar for dollar. After ’77, the federal govtuition fees: we, the students, will be and ensuing debt load is a huge barrier ernment began lumping most social profunding this school more than the gov- to students coming from impoverished gram transfer payments together, and in ernment. Most, if not all, departments households. Visible-minority families are 1996 more programs were added and the have laid off sessional instructors and cut two to four times more likely to fall be- transfer payment was reduced. In 2004, course sections increasing class sizes and low the poverty line making astronomi- the sum was split between the Canada making it more difficult for students to cal tuition fees that much harder to pay Health Transfer and Canada Social Transfinish their degrees on time. for. Women are also affected, as they sta- fer (which includes education). These The government can’t afford to fund universities, so students have to.
The Harper Government has plenty of money—it’s just a question of priorities. One contentious issue in May’s election was the purchase of F-35 fighter jets for $29 billion. For comparison, that money could provide free tuition to all full-time Canadian students for over seven years. The $12 billion going towards corporate tax cuts could erase most of the $13.2 billion national student debt. The $1.2 billion budget for last year’s G20 conference in Toronto could have halved tuition fees for full-time Ontario students for a year.
tistically make 27% less than men. Once women graduate, it will take longer for them to pay off their student debt.
In today’s job market, a post-secondary degree or diploma is usually a requirement for well-paying employment. In past decades, a high school diploma was enough (hence, there are no high school tuition fees), but today we are forced to pay exorbinent fees for a similar level of employment. Everything increases with inflation, including tuition fees.
I’m not suggesting that all of that money be allocated towards education, just illustrating the fact that our government has, and is happy to spend, money. Lots of money.
If only education increased at the rate of inflation, we’d be paying less than half of what we are today. Tuition fees increase at a rate four times faster than inflation. Our tuition fees also rise faster than other major student expenses, such as rent, food, and public transportation.
Unfortunately, post-secondary education
Until 1977, the federal government used
Post-secondary education is a privilege; hence students should pay for it.
Tuition fees are a provincial government issue.
transfer payments have not kept up with inflation, nor increased with student enrolment. By not specifically funding education, the federal government passes the blame of underfunded education to the provinces. But the truth is that both federal and provincial governments have a hand in funding education, as well as university administrations. When fighting for lower tuition fees, all three levels of governance must be taken into consideration as each has a responsibility to prioritize education. Suck it up: high tuition fees are a reality that we just have to deal with.
Well, tuition fees are a lot more real for Ontarians than Quebecers: full-time, undergraduate Quebec students pay an average of $2,415 a year for tuition, the lowest in the country. Under the Liberal government’s education framework Reaching Higher, Ontario’s tuition fees have become the highest in the country. Not only do we pay the most, but Ontario students have the lowest per-student government funding. There’s nothing we can do.
Fuck that. For students to make change, we must become politically charged. Youth are among the least represented in politics because we don’t vote: only 37.25% of people aged 1824 vote. For the October 6th provincial election, research the parties and vote for an MPP who will represent your interests. Get involved in campus politics to insure that student rights and interests are protected. And, of course, write into The Student Movement and let us NDP Education Critic Rosario Marchese speaking at a recent Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario know how tuition fees afgeneral meeting. Photo by Ian Clough fect you!
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While on the path, all other attention and energy must be focused on entertainment and consumption. The average teenager’s main concerns outside their pursuit of wealth include a narrow range of personal entertainment (music, video games, pleasure-seeking in general), and not whether his/her society is unjust or what moral principles he/she should adhere to, if any. These are very carefully designed cultural norms that depend on eliminating rational thought from the culture and forcing people to accept psychopathic institutions, so they’re very difficult to overcome.
“Hope does exist when considering the differences in the upbringings of our generations from previous ones. Growing up with the Internet means this generation had access to information.”
The youth of the 1960s were able to largely overcome these institutions, but if we consider the decades in which they were socially conditioned (1930s-1950s), it’s not surprising they were more political and not stuck in mindless consumerism. Social architects quickly began trying to fix this and get youth back under control (see Crisis of Democracy by the Trilateral Commission, which is online and in Leddy), and marginalizing institutions came back stronger than ever in the 1970s up until today, and therefore the majority of people conditioned in those decades are much more indoctrinated. So, the cynical view is that current generations could never be up to the challenge of reaching the level of enlightenment necessary properly deal with the challenges up ahead.
However, hope does exist when considering the differences in the upbringings of our generations from previous ones. Growing up with the Internet means this generation had access to information and insight on the world that past generations could never imagine. The Internet has also allowed for much more widespread and effective social cohesion. Because of the continuous deterioration of industrialized societies (more poverty, inequality, wars, instability, kleptocracy, etc.), more people are simply forced into the political realm, unlike in past decades when social conditions were not so terrible.
As a result, the culture is a lot less doctrinal now than it was decades ago; people seem to be a lot less passive and submissive to authority. A very good indicator is the uprisings of the Arab Springs that were fuelled by newer generations that, as a result of recent cultural developments, were much more enlightened and much less passive than their predecessors.
But regardless of how strong social indoctrination is, there is always a minority of youth who are more enlightened and socially/politically conscious, and there’s very little doubt that this minority is growing. The overall question is whether the generations growing up in this century will be conditioned well enough to lead humanity safely out of this critical phase into a better existence. The best thing we can do is try to maximize the minority who are up to the task.
1The Student Movement | September 1st, 2011 Continued from Tuition Fee Report.
Dr. Wildeman gave the Strategic Priority Fund (SPF) as an example of one way that scampus improvements were being implemented. The SPF is under the direct control of the provost rather than the democratic process of Senate and the Board.
“Funding grants to the University of Windsor from the provincial government have actually decreased by $462,000.”
then-UWSA President Laine McGarragle asked if more on-campus jobs could be made for students. Wildeman responded by blaming the lack of student jobs on the collective agreements of labour unions on campus, but Dave Montgomery – President of CUPE 1001 which represents grounds keeping and food services workers on campus – refuted Dr. Wildeman by stating his “local is willing to let students work in our local and we did it for a lot of years and it actually worked.” Labour unions do not handle the hiring process at
the university: that is done by the administration. One major concern was that, to access more funding from the provincial government, the University of Windsor had to increase its enrolment by approximately 400 students so that it would be in the next “corridor” of funding. During the Senate meeting on April 15th, it was pointed out that it would be easier to recruit students if the University froze tuition fees. Funding grants to the University of Windsor from the provincial government have actually decreased by $462,000 from last year and contain no increases to account for inflation. The University’s operating costs increase every year, and the administration often uses this to justify tuition hikes rather than improvements to the school
Another concern was the University’s low retention rate: 80.1%, below the provincial average of 87%. Wildeman responded that improving the campus was the best way to address this, but not enough is being done. In the end, the vote to increase tuition
fees was passed, only being opposed by the three student presidents (the fourth student representative was not present). For returning students, your tuition fees will be increasing by 4%. For first year students, tuition fees are up as much as 8% from last year: it varies from program to program. This means that, for the 2011/12 school year, tuition fees will now be the largest contributor to the University, making up 50% of the budget. The second largest contributor are the government grants, coming in at 48%, followed by investment income and “Other Income,” each contributing 1%. The total budget for 2011/12 is $219.4 million.
“Tuition fees will now be the largest contributor to the University, making up 50% of the budget.”
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there was still a deficit in the meal plan budget, and “if this was a private business, we wouldn’t run it this way, we would run it to at least break even.” No Board member reminded him that Universities are not private businesses but publicly funded institutions. Student union fees also increased by inflation. OPUS increased their fees by two dollars, their first increase in nine years. Distance education students will also be OPUS members starting September 2011. For the more info on tuition fees, the Strategic Priority Fund, and the full version of this article, visit tsmwindsor.ca
Ian Clough is a member of TSM’s Editorial Committee and last year represented parttime students at Senate. Send us your thoughts on tuition fees and university governance at email@example.com
In addition to tuition fee hikes, votes were passed to increase both residence fees and meal plan fees. One board member opposed the meal plan fee hikes because
Editorial: Students must unite to halt tuition fees
e By Ian Clough
During the April 15th Senate meeting— .where Senate was presented the 2011/12 tuition fee structure for comment—I moved a motion to have Senate recommend to the Board of Governors a tuition freeze rather than an increase. The motion was defeated: 10 in favour, 26 against. e Senate Analysis w The outcome of the vote is not what I find most disheartening, but the fact that there was very little discussion on the motion. No one spoke against the motion. Several people asked for information on gthe budget, and I spoke more than once in rfavour of it, but no one opposed it during the discussion.
nI believe this happened because no one thought that the motion would pass. If people had, they would have made an attempt to argue out why they thought a tuition hike was necessary. sThe motion may have been amended to ,state that only a partial tuition hike was recommended rather than the maximum. If more senators had vocally supported ethe motion, it may have passed, or, at the very least, there would have been more information in the report to the Board.
mBut the discussion didn’t happen: there owere very few student representatives present, and a good number of professors eabsent. Tuition fee meetings are supposed to take place in March before exams, ,but for the past two years all the budget Continued from Rock the boat.
Many graduates have taken the course yof personal bankruptcy, which means living without accumulating assets for sseven years. That can have a long-term impact on a young adult’s credit rating and borrowing power. Impoverished graduates can ask for interest relief. According to Globe and Mail writer Tamara Baluja, “If you have student loans from the government, don’t consolidate it with the obank, because you have a lot of advantages, such as tax benefits, if you keep it with the government.”
meetings have taken place in April. This has happened because the provincial budgets are being released in March when they were once released earlier. These meetings must take place in March before exams so that there can be a student voice when tuition fees are decided. We must call on the provincial government to release their budget earlier. Otherwise the student voice will be cut out of the discussion again and again.
“The entire Board must be informed about the steep barriers tuition fees create for students and it’s up to the student reps to do that”
Board of Governors analysis You may or may not be aware that the majority of Board members are neither professors, non-academic staff, students, nor even administration: they are “community members,” but not the community we know. They are CEOs, directors, business owners (okay, you might know a business owner). The point is, the majority of the people on the Board have little connection to the University and even less of an idea of what’s happening on campus. The entire mindset is of running a business rather than a publically funded school. When tuition hikes are considered, they don’t discuss student poverty but rather how much the competition charges.
An effective way to deal with this crisis is during an election period. This is when promises are bought and sold to critical masses, such as employers, organizations, municipalities, investors, colleges and plutocrats. There just happens to be an election in early October in Ontario. Mass meeting of students—high school as well as university—parents, faculty, travellers, disgruntled unionists, assorted progressives should all invite candidates in the provincial election to come and dialogue on the question of tuition fees.
An example of this are the tuition fees for undergraduate international students enrolled in the business program. If you’ve looked through the documents apart of TSM’s Tuition Report, you may have noticed that there weren’t any increases in that area. The reasoning behind this was the University of Windsor had gouged international business students so much over the past few years to the point where students were attending other institutions instead. There needs to be a shift in the Board’s thinking towards not just business interests, but student and labour interests. More student and faculty representation may be useful, but what is more important is to have student reps dedicate time to preparing for these meetings and mobilizing students. In the past, the Drop Fees Coalition has organized rallies, but the combined efforts of the three student unions would be far more effective. Even
meeting ahead of time to discuss this would be useful, as the student resistance I witnessed at the meeting was scattered and ineffective.
“There needs to be a shift in the Board’s thinking towards not just business interests, but student and labour interests.”
The entire Board must be informed about the steep barriers tuition fees create for students, and it is the responsibility of the student reps to do that. All three student unions must unite to fight for student rights and tuition fee reductions: this is our best chance to see change on our campus.
Take It Over Campaign
October 6th is the provincial elections. University of Windsor students, let’s Take it Over!
The election is fast approaching and we need students to register to vote and help make education a priority in this provincial election. Tuition fees have skyrocketed and student debt is at an all time high. At the same, time per-student funding in Ontario is the lowest in the country. The UWSA, OPUS, GSS, TSM, and OPIRG have taken up the Take it Over campaign launched by Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario to make education a priority in this election. We will be registering students to vote and holding actions throughout the month of September leading up to the election. Come join us on September 5th and march in the labour day parade for post-secondary education. The parade starts at 1855 Turner Road at 9:30am. Also we will be registering people to vote during the Benny Benassi concert downtown on September 6th. If you want to get involved with the campaign contact your student union representative or contact TSM.
For more info, visit facebook.com/TakeItOverWindsor or Take-It-Over.ca
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More than a drought Summary of the crisis in Somalia
By Meghan Mills
The crisis in the Horn of Africa – a region where Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia meet – has been dubbed by the United Nations as “the worst humanitarian disaster in history.” Despite experiencing droughts every few years, researchers have stated that the droughts in Somalia have both intensified and increased in frequency. The current drought has been the worst Somalia has seen in over 60 years. The situation has been further complicated, however, due to a large number of contributing factors such as environmental degradation, poverty, and political conflict. Moreover, the crisis has been met with limited international cooperation. Environmental Degradation
Environmentalists have attributed global climate change to be a significant contributor in the intensification of By Vajo Stajic
droughts in Africa. Environmental exploitation, for example, like intensive deforestation has contributed to a loss of over 30 million hectares of land over the last decade alone. To put this in perspective, that is approximately 500 times the size of Toronto. This massive amount of deforestation has resulted in increased soil erosion thus causing poor water retention and ultimately destroying crops and farmable land. International Cooperation and Political Instability
Despite appearing well documented in current mainstream media, Western countries have been slow to react considering past predictions made by environmentalists and Somali governmental officials. For example, in an interview with The Independent, local government official Omar Mahamoud stated “if the international community does not respond to the crisis urgently, a
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catastrophe of huge proportions is staring us right in the eyes.” This interview took place in January 2011 – several months before the ‘story’ appeared in Western mainstream media. Nevertheless, international aid – which, according to the United Nations Human Rights Council has come up 1 billion dollars short – has been further hampered by political instability. This instability has largely resulted from the conflict between the militant group, Al-Shabaab and the Somali government.
“If the international community does not respond to the crisis urgently, a catastrophe of huge prportions is staring us right in the eyes”
Al-Shabaab has reinstated a ban on certain-foreign aid groups, including the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to the regions it currently controls. Unfortunately, according to the United Nations, the areas which are controlled by Al-Shabaab are the regions most affected by the drought. Nevertheless, Al-Shabaab remains firm in its belief that the United Nations is exaggerating the drought and exaggerating the crisis as propaganda.
However simple the struggle may appear in the media, it is crucial to understand that political conflicts are always incredibly complex – especially those, as is the case in Somalia, that are further compounded by a history of colonization and imperial oppression. Current Outlook and Future Insights
The crisis in Somalia is obviously complicated with many contributing factors to consider including environmental degradation, political conflict, and international response (or lack thereof). Nevertheless, it remains clear that millions of people are in desperate need of humanitarian effort that will help produce long-term effects. Somalia’s youth population, for example, has lost approximately 29 000 children as a result of the drought in the last 90 days. Moreover, the refugee camp Dadaab – currently the largest in the world – holds roughly 400 000 refugees. With appropriate and effective international effort and the development of plans for sustainable environmental change, however, further devastation can be prevented. For more information on how to help, visit http://www.huffingtonpost. com/2011/07/10/how-to-helpsomalia_n_894117.html
Cherán in our Hearts
Bandanas cover their faces. They carry rifles and machetes as they stand guard. The men at the barricades stare us down as we walk by. We have arrived in Cherán. Just a few months ago this town of 20,000 people in the Mexican province of Michoacán was at the mercy of drug cartels and illegal loggers backed by the cartels, but now things are different.
On April 15th something changed, the people in this mountainside community took a stand against the loggers which have destroyed over 20,000 acres of forest in the area over the last few years. They seized a group of loggers and imprisoned them in the local church. A few hours later armed men, who were backed by the police, drove into the town and attempted to free the men but the community fought them off. In reprisal attacks, two members of the community were killed. The town came out in force as a result of this and stormed the police station, taking eighteen guns. The people then took the rest of the town and set up barricades at all entrances to the city. The local government was dissolved as well as the local police force. Cherán was now under the control of the people, not the government, not the loggers, and not the drug cartels. This is how the city has remained ever since.
The people of Cherán organized patrols of the city by armed men mostly in their early 20’s and set up spots on each block where citizens could gather for a meal and to socialize. The townspeople also set up a citizen’s assembly where they could gather to debate and make decisions which affect the whole town. Myself and my friend had a chance to walk around and speak with the people. They told us before, when the government was in control, the townspeople were divided on issues of politics and the logging, but now, thanks to the recent events the people are completely united.
An interesting thing happened while we were there. We visited the police station which had been seized by the people and had a discussion with the young volunteers. While we were there they received some new supplies which included baseball caps with the word “subcommandante” on them. The young men began removing the stitched words from the hats. When we asked them why,
they responded “There are no leaders here.” Those words represent the spirit of the revolution which has occurred in Cherán. We want to thank the people of Cherán for the extreme generosity and kindness they showed us while we were there. They have done what many people here in Canada think is impossible, they have created a society governed by the people. They have
created a society where the people are making the decisions, not elected officials. The people of Cherán have shown courage in the face of hardship. They are an example to the rest of the world. They are truly living utopia and we wish them all the best.
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A revolution under the rug
By Ian Clough
With the Arab Spring happening overseas, it’s easy to dismiss revolution as something far from home. Despite the numerous social problems in our own country and other Western nations, it would never happen here. Yet in January 2009 peaceful demonstrations sparked a social revolution in Iceland. The conservative government resigned, bankers fled the country, and a new constitution is now being drafted.
Iceland’s economy was hit hard by the recession in 2008, suffering the largest banking collapse in history. Three of the largest banks were nationalized, but intervention by the conservative government only made things worse. The country was loaned billions of dollars from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden amidst Iceland’s crumbling stock market and currency. In October of that year, Hördur Torfason—a singer, songwriter, and activist— began holding weekly protests in the capital of Reykjavik allowing anyone to come to the microphone and voice their opin-
ions. These demonstrations grew until thousands took to the streets in January, surrounding parliament and demanding the resignation of the government. When the prime minister offered to step down in December 2009, the people continued to protest, knocking pots and pans together to disrupt the parliamentary proceedings. Finally, the prime minister and his government stepped down at the end of January.
The Icelandic people took to the streets again in March 2010 demanding that the country’s debt repayment plan be put to a referendum: it was soundly defeated by 93%. When the debtors came back with another offer in February 2011, the people again demanded a referendum.
Now many of the bankers responsible for the financial collapse are being investigated for fraud and Interpol has issued at least one arrest warrant. Many bank executives have now fled the country.
In the wake of all this, the government has asked ordinary citizens from all walks of life to be elected to redraft the country’s constitution.
Editorial: London Burning, Canada Smouldering
By Kirsten Francescone
With the recent outbreaks of riots in the UK, and the predictable and exhausting political commentary from the right attempting to depoliticize and calm the fires of political action. The fires that send a very clear message in my mind of times to come, or do they?
What we are seeing (again) is the complete and utter failure of neoliberal capitalism (the most recent version of capitalism where the free-market is left to control all aspects of the “social”, and governments are encouraged to cut-back social services to the absolute minimum) to “balance the budgets” and “provide what the “public” can’t provide. Canadians are told in high school that post-secondary education is the alternative, that post-secondary education will provide me with the opportunities to work in the field that I want to pursue in order to be able to contribute economically to society. Aside from the neoliberal “choice” rhetoric, the only way I am able to contribute and gain my status as a “good citizen” is through the interest rates I am paying on my private and public bank
loans. Both of which I see as problematic. First, the interest I pay on my public loans goes into paying for corporate law suits, battling unionized workers, and funding our military actions in other countries. Or the second, which assures that the private interest rates I pay flow directly into the pockets of shareholders. The present national student loan debt in Canada is 13.8 million dollars, and this figure excludes provincial and private loans. Our options, for those who were lucky enough to either not have to work, or manage full course loads while working, is to move onto a post-undergraduate degree or certificate with the hopes of “making ourselves more competitive” in the job market. This further increases our debt and fortifying the neoliberal capitalist discourse of competency. But the system is stacked in the favour of the bankers, bosses and stockbrokers, and we can’t win this fight if we keep on this track. Some of us might “get ahead,” but the majority of us will fall back into the same cycle of working to survive and living to work. Continued on page 10.
Continued from Democratic Republic of Congo. This is done through a sponsorship program where Canadian sponsors can sponsor a child’s education for just $4 CAD per month. For a village where roughly 50% of the children are currently unable to afford to go to school—those who can afford it are only paying in part or in kind— this type of sponsorship program has the potential for significant impact. Second, Kujali aims to respect the dignity and empowered nature of people in the DRC and to encourage and support community-driven development initiatives which will help to sustain all students’ education in the future. In April, we made a small investment in a community agriculture project which aims to generate more income for families in local markets. With close monitoring by local leaders, it is our hope that this project will become a stepping stone for development.
Kujali Congo founder Jonathan Busiku, a native of Lukanga who now lives with his family in Windsor, Ontario believes that education will become a vaccine for violence in the Congo. My experience in his home community proved that the work we strive to do with recognition for the innovation and hope that exists in the DRC today is so important to development. November brings another attempt at peaceful, democratic elections in the DRC and it is our hope that by giving students the chance to obtain an education, we are doing a small part to ensure a more peaceful future. Photos by Kate Murray.
For more information regarding Kujali Congo’s programs, or to make a donation please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Continued from Invincible.
Invincible noted that in 2010 she, in association with the not-for-profit organization Detroit Summer, worked to empower youth who were “learning how to make their own media, make their own art, and tell their own stories” in order to “come up with solutions that are creative and sustainable for the problems they face” at the US Social Forum. Indeed, on the webpage for her label, Emergence, she emphasizes the importance of questioning authority, resisting oppression, as well as creating change for youth in the community. Using hip hop as an outlet for her own activism, Invincible uses direct and quick-witted lyrics to both address and resist oppression. In her song
Looongawaited, for example, Invincible raps; “I’m striving to be one of the best period, not just one of the best with breasts and a period.” With upfront lyrics, she pushes the barriers which work to restrict women from saying socially-considered “crude” or “inappropriate” things – like bringing attention to her period, but in a way that doesn’t come off as “preachy.” However, as mentioned previously, it isn’t just her lyrics which simultaneously resists discrimination and promotes equality. In an interview with Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!, Invincible describes herself as an activist and community organizer. In fact, her self-created label, Emergence, is predicated on the cooperative economic theory. This theory argues that all product and goods should be distributed equally, and that all members of a society should be both consumer and producer. With a clear talent for rhyming coupled with a strong sense of justice, Invincible has definitely become a force to be reckoned with.
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Experiences when crossing the border, and dealing with my Dark Passenger
Short fiction by Walter Petrichyn
For all residents of the Rose City, I would like to say that at least half of our population (or a great chunk of it) has travelled across the border. We all share the experience of identifying ourselves at the border; giving up all of our rights and information just to get into the United States. The overall process of entering the states seems overwhelming, for some individuals at least.
In my situation, there has been at least four occasions where I have been pulled over for car inspections. Why? Who knows. I could secretly be some kind of psychopath, but I just wrote that due to all the crime drama television programs I have been watching recently. Even if I were a real life Walter White or a Dexter Morgan type, I would make sure my “other persona” was squeaky clean before passing through the border. Continued on page 10.
Live Music in Windsor - September Thursday, 1st
Vice Aerial, featuring: Darren Dobsky, Josh Zalev, Mark Calcott, and Luke Pelotte Manchester Pub 9pm Mellow Shelf The Dugout 10pm
Dead Man’s Will Reasons Lost Edge of Existence Slaughterhouse on the Prairie Coach & Horses 9pm Jackie’s Birthday Burlesque Party w/ Ginger St. James Phog Lounge 9pm
The Hookup (Montreal) FM Lounge 9pm Brigham Bartol Taloola Café 8pm
Bitter Greens Villains Beastro 9:30pm
Gio Vannelli Colosseum at Caesar’s Windsor 9pm Awake To A Dream Planet World Coach & Horses 9pm
•Mudlions The Tyres Villains Beastro 9:30pm
Open Mic Surgery w/ James O-L Phog Lounge 10pm
Open Mic w/ Clinton Hammond Manchester Pub 9pm
The Monday Milkmen Villains Beastro 9:30pm
UWSA Coming Home Music Festival w/ Benni Benassi and Richie Hawtin Riverfront Festival Plaza 4-11pm Jamie Reaume’s Tuesday Night Music Club Manchester Pub 9pm
Open Mic Night w/ the Eric Saturday, 10th Welton Band SHORES OF ERIE Villains Beastro 9:30pm INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL th Wednesday, 7 Dave Russell & The Live Music w/ Dusty Precious Stones Manchester Pub 10pm Dan Woods ft. Renee KingChris Barrette Jackson The Dugout 10pm The Kings of EC A Night of a Billion Laughs Brett Caswell & The Marquee Rose Villains Beastro 9:30pm The Johnny Rocca Band Thursday, 8th Nemesis SHORES OF ERIE Kimmie Horne INTERNATIONAL WINE Fort Malden, FESTIVAL Amherstburg noon-10pm Michou Cellos Pat Robitaille Coach & Horses 9pm Sam Roberts Band Fort Malden, Diesel Junkies Amherstburg 5-10:30pm Bombs The Dugout 10pm Vice Aerial, featuring: Darren Dobsky, Josh Zalev, Mark Calcott, and Luke Pelotte Manchester Pub 9pm Mellow Shelf The Dugout 10pm
SHORES OF ERIE INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL Big Wheel & The Spokes Johnny “V” Recession Blues Band April Wine Fort Malden, Amherstburg 5-10pm Blondie Colosseum at Caesar’s Windsor 9pm Goliath Coach & Horses 9pm
The Standstills (Oshawa/ London) FM Lounge 9pm James O-L & The Villains Orphan Choir The Dugout 10pm Catanzaro Jazz Trio Taloola Café 8pm
The ReTpetitions Valerie Page Villains Beastro 9:30pm
Rage Against the Machine Tribute Villains Beastro 9:30pm
SHORES OF ERIE INTERNATIONAL WINE FESTIVAL Jackie Robitaille/Crissi Cochrane Johnny West Raul Midon Sarah Harmer StereoGoesStellar Fort Malden, Amherstburg noon-7pm ATF Ninjaspy Coach & Horses 9pm
Open Mic Surgery w/ James O-L Phog Lounge 10pm
Open Mic w/ Clinton Hammond Manchester Pub 9pm
The Monday Milkmen Villains Beastro 9:30pm
SSRIs What Seas, What Shores Phog Lounge 9pm The Polymorphines Gypsy Chief Goliath Coach & Horses 9pm
Jamie Reaume’s Tuesday Night Music Club Manchester Pub 9pm
Pitch Union Villains Beastro 9:30pm
Open Mic Night w/ the Eric Welton Band Villains Beastro 9:30pm
Jamie Reaume’s Tuesday Night Music Club Monday, 26th Manchester Pub 9pm Open Mic Night w/ the Eric Open Mic Surgery w/ Welton Band Open Mic Night w/ the Eric James O-L Villains Beastro 9:30pm Welton Band Phog Lounge 10pm Villains Beastro 9:30pm Wednesday, 14th Open Mic w/ Clinton Wednesday, 21st Live Music w/ Dusty Hammond All Systems Go! Monthly Manchester Pub 10pm Manchester Pub 9pm Retro Video Game Night Chris Barrette The Monday Milkmen Phog Lounge 7pm The Dugout 10pm Villains Beastro 9:30pm Live Music w/ Dusty Tuesday, 27th Thursday, 15th Manchester Pub 10pm Jamie Reaume’s Tuesday Shirk! Dance Party w/ Chris Barrette Night Music Club Stephen Pender The Dugout 10pm Manchester Pub 9pm Phog Lounge 9pm Vice Aerial, featuring: Darren Dobsky, Josh Zalev, Mark Calcott, and Luke Pelotte Manchester Pub 9pm Mellow Shelf The Dugout 10pm
The Mountains and The Trees Ben Caplan Phog Lounge 9pm The Watershed Year Coach & Horses 9pm Magnificent Bastards FM Lounge 9pm Los Habaneros The Dugout 10pm
PHOG PHEST 3: Elliot Brood Fiftywatthead What Seas, What Shores The Swillingstones Explode When They Bloom The High Strung Phog Lounge noon Dionne Warwick Colosseum at Caesar’s Windsor 9pm
Open Mic Surgery w/ James O-L Phog Lounge 10pm
Open Mic w/ Clinton Hammond Manchester Pub 9pm
The Monday Milkmen Villains Beastro 9:30pm
Meadowlark Five Phog Lounge 9pm
Vice Aerial, featuring: Darren Dobsky, Josh Zalev, Mark Calcott, and Luke Pelotte Manchester Pub 9pm Mellow Shelf The Dugout 10pm
Mark Bragg The Gramercy Riffs Phog Lounge 9pm
FUNNELFEST Coach & Horses 9pm Bradford Helner Tribute Night FM Lounge 9pm Ryan Yoker The Dugout 10pm
Sophist Villains Beastro 9:30pm
Speakeasies The Locusts Have No King Phog Lounge 9pm Weezer Tribute The Dugout 10pm
Live Music w/ Dusty Manchester Pub 10pm Chris Barrette The Dugout 10pm
Vice Aerial, featuring: Darren Dobsky, Josh Zalev, Mark Calcott, and Luke Pelotte Manchester Pub 9pm Mellow Shelf The Dugout 10pm
FAM FEST Various Locations
The Soles Jon Travis Phog Lounge 9pm
Years of Earnest The Dugout 10pm
Smokin’ Purple Monkey Band Villains Beastro 9:30pm
WWAC Free Friday Film Nights
Sept 9th: Phil Ochs: There but for Fortune Sept 16th: The Wobblies Sept 23rd: Norma Rae Sept 30th: Workers’ Republic Each movie starts at 7pm. The Windsor Workers’ Action Centre (WWAC) is located at 328 Pelissier
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A Tool for Freedom
By Mike Ngo
The idea of bicycling may seem like a novel activity to some, but this isn’t necessarily true. As individuals living in Canada we are often privileged enough to learn how to bike at an early age. It is a form of mobile freedom. Why would knowing how to ride a bicycle be a form of empowerment and freedom? There are many ways to answer this question and most are pretty straightforward. When one becomes well versed in the pedaling arts, one’s travel is only limited by their own capacity and energy to bike. Being a full-time commuter allows someone to be rid of the steel cage and monthly payments involved in possessing an automobile. By choosing to purchase a new bicycle for the summer and not taking public transit, taxis or a car, my bicycle paid for itself in just one month. Although not a truly expensive purchase, it is clear that the bike paid for itself. It’s also safe to say that I could remove my gym membership costs from that equation as well because after riding 100-200km a week my legs have never felt stronger and energized. I’m feeling much healthier when I bike. My cardiovascular system is a lot more efficient, my legs are rock hard and overall the feeling of needing to go to the gym has lost its appeal. The only trade-off is that my meals are much bigger; you need to fuel the engine somehow!
Bicycling has never been as popular as it is now save for when it was first invented. Talks of bicycling and the discourse around infrastructure, law, health and safety abound us in the news daily. More progressive cities realize that to revitalize the urban downtown cores of their cities there must be more infrastructure for bikes. Cities such as Vancouver, Portland, New York and others in North America are finally noticing that bicycling is
a real form of transportation that is viable, environmentally friendly, and health conscious. Our society has been privileging motorists with free reign of the roads for too long.
This appeal for social mobility in the form of bicycling isn’t a new concept. One can argue that the bicycle was one of the first modern tools that liberated women from the confines of the home and into the public sphere. Going back to the Victorian era for example, women weren’t allowed to be in public without a male escort. With the advent of the bicycle, this totally changed and ensured women a relatively equal opportunity to get around town on their own. Although some negative people would say that there are issues surrounding bicycling, such as how to enforce road laws, how to create safe infrastructure for riding and advocating for awareness and safety, at least these issues surrounding bicycling are starting to be part of the equation for a sustainable city. A few years back these would’ve been secondary, tertiary issues to handle between city councillors. I could even go further on about how bicycling infrastructure creates more jobs than motorist infrastructure, how it has less environmental footprints than automobiles, how bikes put less of a repair bill on our roads, etc. I’ll save those for a further article. In the end what I’m trying to get through is that bicycling isn’t difficult and it’s not that expensive and it actually saves you a considerable amount of money in the long term, and in most cases it’s faster to get around town on a bicycle, it takes up less room and you’ll look good doing it. In the end, though, bicycling is here to stay regardless of whether others like it or not.
A Worker is a Worker, Even in the NFL
By Travis Reitsma
Mainstream news media bias against unions and the working class is nothing new. Even the tiniest of labour disputes often sees the vitriol spewed at workers for being greedy, unreasonable, lazy, or even violent. Labour disputes in professional sports are no different with the media and fans alike berating the athletes for making far too much money to play a game.
On March 11th of this year, the National Football League and its players broke off negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement causing the players to decertify (a strategic move that increases leverage), which in turn caused the NFL owners to lockout the players. The lockout lasted nearly five months, with the two sides coming to an agreement on August 4th. Although fans and much of the media are
The Summer of Punk Wrestling’s storied revolution
By Mohammad Akbar
In my short time writing wrestling articles, I almost gave up many times. Though this may come as a shock, wrestling storylines often become boring and repetitive. This is was the case during the latest gimmick fiasco for World Wrestling Entertainment in late 2010, which consisted of inviting B-list celebrities such as Jeremy Piven and Dennis Miller to “guest host” WWE RAW, their flagship show.
This summer however, there is no cheap gimmick. There are no repetitive storylines. The WWE has finally found its golden storyline, and why? Because it reflects real life.
First some context. In real life, superstar CM Punk’s contract was winding down. In an effort to re-sign him, the WWE created a brilliant storyline, giving him free ride to attack the company on screen and vent his frustrations. On his “final day” in the company, CM Punk won the title from John Cena at the Money in the Bank Pay per View. Cena is representative of the corporate nature of WWE, he was essentially the handpicked champion, who had the support of the higher ups, and received title shot after title shot over equally if not more skilled workers. Continued on last page.
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Melina released; Gail Kim quits; Kharma on Hiatus The state of Women’s wrestling in North America
By Mohammad Akbar
A few months ago Kia “Kharma” Stevens, famous for her “Awesome Kong” character in Total Nonstop Action (TNA) wrestling, was granted maternity leave, interruptitng her push as a monster-heel, a character that is considered inhumanly strong and easily crushes most opponents. Less than two weeks ago Melina Perez, a popular WWE “diva”, was released from her contract. Gail Kim, also famous for her stint in TNA, quit, citing Melina’s release as one reason for her departure, the other being her ability to eliminate herself from a match and finding out that no one in WWE noticed or paid attention to the Diva’s division. Recently, WWE has taken to abandoning the Women’s division for the most part; the matches are usually 30 seconds or less, with longer matches being broken up by commercial breaks. There is normally no storyline or no promo except right before a Pay per View, simply to create some justification for having the Pay per View match.
Women at one time were the rising stars of the sports entertainment world. Even as far back as the 1950s, women like the Fabulous Moolahwere performing at par and even greater than the men. In recent times, women like Lita, who performed at a level easily comparable to the best of the best, such as Rey Mysterio, or Trish Stratus, continued to lead the women’s division to new heights of popularity. Intergender matches were common, with both women and men competing as equals. Women have even won some of the highest honors in wrestling such as Chyna winning the Intercontinental belt in the early 2000s. There is no such honor or sense of performance for the Women’s division now, which is called the “diva’s division.”
quick to point out the embarrassment of riches that professional athletes enjoy, most fail to realize that the owners of professional sports franchises are far richer and often use their position of power to take advantage of the players.
The NFL is the largest and richest pro sports league in the world, grossing over $9-billion in revenue in 2010. , People do not go to games to watch rich owners in their luxury suits, they go to watch the players do what they do best and they are willing to pay quite a bit of money to do so. Total Revenue for 2010 NFL $9.0-billion MLB $6.8-billion NBA $4.1-billion NHL $2.9-billion
Also omitted from the discussion is that although the elite players do make an inordinate amount of money, most of the players make at or close to the league minimum, which in the NFL is $375,000 per year for first-year players. That is still a lot more money than many in working class make in their lifetime, but the median NFL career lasts just under a year Many of the players have trained their entire lives and have had to sacrifice time with family and friends, and many suffer from the lasting effects of concussions and other injuries and are unable to find
WWE has taken to hiring models and training them to wrestle, rather than hiring wrestlers and allowing them to show off their talents. A great example of this is Jillian Hall, whose primary talent was performing amazing spots, such as the 450 degree splash from the top rope. However instead of being able to shine as a wrestler she was given a comedic role as a bad singer and not allowed to wrestle to her full potential.
With the release of Melina and Gail Kim’s departure, and injuries to other divas, this leaves few wrestlers in the Diva’s division. In fact it seems as though the only wrestlers in the division that are uninjured are Natalie “Natalya” Neidhart, the daughter of the legendary Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Beth “The Glamazon” Phoenix, and Sarona “Tamina” Rahier, daughter of Jimmy “Supafly” Snuka.
WWE’s competition does not suffer too much from this problem. In TNA the “Knockouts” are a regular feature with plenty of airtime, matches and feuds. In Japan there are whole promotions based upon providing a powerful women’s division to run parallel with its men’s division and often there are intergender main events. In a recent show from the STARDOM promotion, a 9 year old “Haruka” went one on one with superstar Kenny Omega, and while it was not the best match, the highlight was the ability of Kenny Omega to believably work with Haruka and Haruka’s own ability, which seemed to rival if not surpass the majority of WWE’s Diva’s division. It is the hope of all true fans that, just as the WWE turned around the Men’s division with innovative storylines; they can turn around their Diva’s division. meaningful work after their playing days are over.
One of the major sticking points for the players during the lockout was pension benefits and compensation for longterm injuries, two things that are very necessary in the NFL, Although the risk of a long-term injury or long-term health effects stemming from repeated head traumas is great, the NFL has previously not protected its retired players and has the worst reputation in that regard of any professional sports league.
The NFL owners were looking to make more money off the backs of the players despite already being the wealthiest of any in professional sports. NFL players, on the other hand, make far less in average salary than any of the four major sports, despite the risk of serious injury being far greater.
Before judging the NFL lockout, or subsequent labour disputes in professional sports, as a battle between billionaires and millionaires, it’s helpful to realize that the large majority of players represented by athlete unions are not in fact millionaires and their job comes with a lot of risk we may not see from the outside.
Continued from My Dark Passenger. To think about it, I do share a common quality alongside these two maniacal protagonists: pretending to maintain composure under harsh scrutiny.
Take for example my expedition to Detroit on July 28th. My purpose was see the alternative rock quartet Death Cab for Cutie at the Fox Theatre. That seems like a normal thing to do, right? The customs officer asked me why I was so “jumpy,” and why my face was starting to redden. There are two answers to this, but the second is without a doubt more evident. The first was that my friend said something dirty in the car, and I thought the officer heard the comment. Two was the persistent interrogation that was unnecessary,
Continued from page London Burning. But what are we doing about it?
The press and the UK government is trying to shrug off the recent riots as individualized, apolitical, opportunistic lootings—an example of young people taking advantage of tragedy to further their material conditions. The mainstream media and government are eager to forget their own country’s recent history: the English government’s decision last December to triple tuition rates in universities, severely limiting access to post-secondary studies, and make the lives of those already studying very difficult. Young protesters took to the streets demanding that the proposal be rejected— young high school students making clear their very political messages to throw out
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and the resulting composure that was unfolding.
If I were to turn to my criminal characters again, maybe I would have too much confidence crossing the border. Tension would be my middle name, because all my life I have been getting myself out of detrimental scenarios. I could imagine crossing the border, trying to be normal, but knowing how to react to questioning. Piece of cake. Now to further understand the spectrum from abiding citizen to criminal mastermind, let me present the following two backgrounds on each character.
Dexter would be the type of guy to show an absence of emotion. In other words,
capitalism, and engaging in direct tactics which included looting and targeting transnational corporations. High school students and others are rejecting the same old rhetoric about the individualization of responsibility and demanding a true and accessible educative system. On the other side of the world, we see the newly elected “hope for Chile and the left” government passing legislation making it illegal for students to protest. This coming as a result of weeks of university and high school students taking the streets to protest tuition rates, demanding a national education system, and facing oppression from police.
I believe in our workers, especially those who recently experienced the crisis in a real and traumatic way: our industrial workers. I believe in our antipoverty activists who are organizing
Organization of Part-time University Students
The Organization of Part-time University Students (OPUS) is the body representing part-time undergraduate students and has for over 40 years of excellent services and advocacy. It is an independent student government body who works with the university to ensure equal opportunity to quality education. OPUS mission statement reads:
“To collaborate with the University of Windsor community to identify and to promote the collective interests of parttime undergraduate students.” OPUS offers a number of services, including seventeen Award and Bursary opportunities annually. In addition, members and their families are eligible for an affordable drug and dental insurance plan.
The OPUS office in the CAW Student Centre offers a lounge area with phone access, kitchen area with free coffee and water, and a study area with computer access for printing along with faxing and photocopying services. The office is located on the first floor of the Student Centre, behind the Advising Centre. OPUS has a devoted team of Board members and Staff to serve your needs. Learn more about OPUS and its services at www.uwindsor.ca/opus. To contact OPUS, email opus@ uwindsor.ca. Part-Time Student Appreciation Week runs September 8th to 16th where part-time students can stop by the OPUS office to pick up a gift pack, while supplies last.
The OPUS Barbeque is Tuesday, September 20th. Stop by to meet the OPUS board and staff, and get some free food!
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he acts too plain to be sighted by the authorities. His “get out of jail free” card is his career as an forensics blood splatter analyst for Miami Metro homicide. If I were affiliated with the Windsor-Detroit customs operation, then surely there would be no hesitation for me to drive to Chicago whenever I please. For Dexter, he is also a serial killer; no one would suspect a thing.
also killed to protect his family and his own life, while keeping a low profile.
and committing their time and energy to causes beyond their own lives. And I believe in our capacity as young people to take up the “old discourses,” but in a new way. What we are lacking is the “how,” and even more, the “how to.” How do we bridge all of our differences in a way that allows us to start constructing the future in which we can live to work (and not for 12 hours) and not work to live? There are brilliant people working hard in our universities, but we are living and experiencing poverty in real ways— we are young and “inexperienced” in the formal rational sense of the word, but we are experiencing things that are beyond our years.
universities, real debates that encourage the production of ideas, the production of alternatives. We organize with our workers, in our workers action centers (which are all over the province) we organize in our communities in real ways. But most of all we take what we can from our university experience as a way to fight back—we take the commodification of “knowledge for job” rhetoric and use our universities as spaces for the expansion of a de-commodification not only of education, but of our experiences as students, workers and Canadians. Canada will have its own path, and will have to use its own history in a way that will work for our context, but we can learn from our brothers and sisters abroad—we need to learn from them, as they will learn from us.
Walter would be granted a lot of sympathy votes for his medical condition. He has been diagnosed with lung cancer, and also is coping with an gambling addiction. He had been detained from the authorities once by failing to cooperate with an officer during an roadside inspection. He is a former high school teacher, and a current meth amphetamine manufacturer. He has
What we decide to do now is contingent on how we perceive the future of postsecondary education in Canada . We write, we try and re-ignite debate in our
There is only so much pressure to break through into the actual facts. The amount of lives one has taken, and guilt that has been building to the final reveal. Another inspection at the border that I can remember has brought me to the point of falsely accused of possessing marijuana. It is not my fault that I look like an individual who might be accused of “using the pot”. So what, I like wearing my baggy flannel shirts and my brown and green Nike shoes. Customs of the Detroit tunnel and Ambassador bridge, stop accusing me of crimes that I did not commit. I am only saying, that it takes enough scrutiny and perseverance to convince me that I am just like Mr. Morgan or Mr. White.
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University of Windsor Students’ Alliance
Graduate Student Society
The University of Windsor Students’ Alliance (UWSA) is the largest student government at the University of Windsor. The UWSA represents all full time undergraduate students, which amounts to roughly 12,000 students. Their mandate is to be the best student led organization designed to meet students’ needs, through advocacy, representation, and service. The UWSA works to ensure that all qualified students are able to obtain a post-secondary education, regardless of their financial situation.
The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is the official representative organization of all graduate students at the University of Windsor. Elected executives and council representatives of the Graduate Student Society represent graduate students at different levels of the University, including the Board of Governors, the Senate, the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Council, and on many of the committees of the aforementioned bodies. The GSS representatives have full voting rights at these meetings. Involvement in a wide range of committees and organizations enables the elected representatives and staff of the GSS to voice the needs, wants and concerns of the graduate student body on campus. Further details about the organization, day to day activities and events can be found on our website http://www.uwindsor.ca/ gss/
The UWSA will work to defend students’ interests by demanding that the University of Windsor remain accountable to the students and that the Provincial Government adequately fund universities and colleges so that qualified students can obtain a postsecondary education. The UWSA represents all fulltime undergraduate students on all major bodies and committees of the University to put forward students’ concerns, desires and needs.
The UWSA also provides students with an element of campus life outside of the classroom. Not only are events organized on and off campus, but students can also get involved themselves through clubs, committees and all aspects of the local and Canadian community. The UWSA provides services for students such as the Used Book Store and the Student Health and Dental plan to assist students in dealing with the high costs of education. The UWSA always seeks to provide new services to students that contribute to their educational experience, build a sense of community on campus and ensure a positive experience on campus. Contact for current executives: President: André Capaldi email@example.com or (519) 253-3000 ext. 4500 Vice-President University Affairs: Kimberly Orr firstname.lastname@example.org or (519) 253-3000 ext. 4501 Vice-President Administration: Stephanie Saad email@example.com or (519) 253-3000 ext. 4502 Vice-President Finance: Ronnie Haidar vpfuwsa@ uwindsor.ca or (519) 253-3000 ext. 4506
The Graduate Student Society provides many services. These include low cost photocopying and faxing, the annual handbook, Studentsaver Discount Cards, International Student Identity Cards, and more. See the GSS office for details. Health and Dental Plan
Only full-time and part-time graduate students are eligible for the GSS Insurance Benefits. Dates for optingout and opting-in are set for three (3) weeks beginning the first official week of school for the fall semester. They will be posted in each department and at the Grad House, and e-mailed to every graduate student with a University of Windsor e-mail account, each academic year. Student Society Office
The Graduate Student Society office is located at 484 Sunset Avenue. Any questions or concerns about the activities and services of the GSS should be directed here. Office hours are Monday-Thursday 8:00 am-4:00 pm and Fridays 8:00 am–1:00 pm. Phone: (519) 253-3000 Ext. 3915 Fax: (519) 561-1401 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Solidarity March Monday September 12 1:00 @ The Quad (Between Dillon & Chrysler) —————— Surviving First Year Tuesday September 13 3:00 @ 372 California
Barbecue Thursday September 15 12:00 @ Vista —————— Diversity Training Saturday September 17 12:00 @ 372 California
SURPRISE!!! Wednesday September 14 1:00 @ The Quad (Between Dillon & CAW)
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Continued from Summer of Punk. Following Cena’s defeat, Vince McMahon, the corporate and storyline boss, was kayfabe (a term used to describe something which, though part of the storyline, is portrayed as a real life event) fired, allowing for the WWE superstar and Chief Operating Officer Hunter Hearst Helmsley, or “HHH”, to assume onscreen managerial roles. The firing of the boss was symbolic of three things; the transition from classic programming to the new product populated by far less controversy and more family friendly storylines, the symbolic passing of the torch from McMahon to HHH, and finally, the ultimate victory of skilled workers against all odds. For a brief moment it was Cena who became the worker’s champion as he faced off against McMahon, who was about to fire him, before having the tables turned on him.
May 1st, 2011
However, that role is long gone. Cena is once again a corporate champion, winning a tournament to crown the new Champion following CM Punk’s departure. Meanwhile CM Punk, dubbed “The Voice of the Voiceless” has begun nothing short of a revolution as a second WWE champion (as he had never lost the belt and was re-signed as a champion, after Cena won the tournament.) Even Punk’s new iconography has become more rebellious, in the design of a red white and black flag, with red stars, and CM Punk’s straight edge fist symbol holding a thunderbolt. One thing is for sure: The WWE has once again proved that it can innovate and give a brand that is both appealing to families and to longtime fans of the product. It is for this simple reason that WWE continues to dominate the wrestling world, nationally and internationally.
The Student Movement | September 1st, 2011
Windsor Community Rally in Solidarity with Locked-out Postal Workers
June 17th, 2011
On Friday, June 17th about two dozen people including students, union workers, and community members marched from the University of Windsor to CUPW’s picket line in downtown Windsor. “Postal workers are struggling against an attack on their pensions that is being mirrored in industries across the country,” said local activist Darryl. “Part of Canada Post’s demands is a two-tiered workplace where new workers would be entering with lower wages.” “CUPW has a history of progressive action,” says Mohammad Akbar, a Social Work student at the University of Windsor. “They fought and won maternity leave for all workers and now they’re fighting for future workers by opposing a two-tiered workplace.”
“With the lock-out and the threat of back-to-work legislation, it’s important for the community to come together and defend unions’ right to free collective bargaining,” says Gallinger. “This country is meant to be built upon the tenants of free speech and human rights: we can’t let the government forget this.” “The Harper Government is legislating Air Canada workers back to work,” says Ken Townsend, Communications Co-ordinator for the Windsor Workers Action Centre. “Now is the time to fight for collective bargaining, to fight for the rights Windsor workers fought for back in 1945.” Friday’s demonstration was organized by The Student Movement. Modified from the event’s press release. Photos by Ken Townsend.
Workers and their Allies rally on May 1st
[Windsor, ON] – Workers and community members gathered on Sunday, May 1st for the city’s annual May Day Rally. People met at Dieppe Gardensand marched through Windsor’s downtown core, concluding at the Armouries. Local musicians Len Wallace, Tara Watts, and Travis Reitsma played a free concert following the march. May Day, also known as International Worker’s Day, was created to commemorate the fight for the eight hour day and the Haymarket Affair, a riot in Chicago during the 1886 general strike where a bomb was thrown and police opened fire. After the riot, the police arrested and executed five anarchists. These political organizers did not organize the riot, but were tried based on ideology and were hung for what they believed rather than any crimes. Today, May Day is a worker’s holiday celebrated all over the world. “I think
May Day is more important today than it has been in a long time,” said Vajo Stajic, a worker’s rights advocate and the main organizer for Windsor’s May Day. “I think in the last decade or so we’ve seen worker’s rights trampled on tremendously and they keep taking and taking from working class people and if we don’t keep organizing and fighting we won’t have anything left.” This year, Ontario has seen massive worker demonstrations. In January, over twelve thousand workers from across the continent joined locked-out Hamilton steelworkers USW 1005 at the demonstration “The People vs. US Steel.” On April 9th, thousands marched in Toronto in the “Rally for Respect” demanding the protection of public services. As well as demonstrations in Windsor, May Day saw workers historically march on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to raise their political demands. “In Windsor there’s a really rich labour
history,” said Travis Reitsma, who—as well as a musician—is studying for a MA at the University of Windsor. “We need to keep that alive. Even our local governments are starting to attack workers. We have to keep fighting.”
“May Day is an important celebration,” said Meghan Mills, a women’s rights activist and also one of Windsor’s May Day organizers, “and I think Windsor has made a necessary integration between both worker’s and women’s issues. Here I hope to see this integration stronger and more inclusive of diverse groups. In doing so, we will acknowledge the experiences of every worker, which are shaped differently by such things as racism, sexism, and homophobia.” May Day is a day of struggle of the workers and their allies. In some countries where workers hold state power, or did, it is a holiday where people don’t work. In Cuba, for example, workers hit the streets to show their unity in defence of their
revolution and socialism. However, in the capitalist world it is a day when workers fight for their rights and the rights of all, not to be divided by ideology, but to unite.
“For me, this May Day is about remembering all of those people throughout history who died struggling for something they believed in and didn’t make it into the history books,” said Stajic. “We remember the famous labour leaders’, women’s rights activists’, gay rights activists’, and peace organizers’ names but so many more were killed and continue to be killed and buried in unmarked graves. These are the people who we owe, who we must remember, and who we must embody. This May Day we will gather to celebrate the struggle for a just society being fought around this world.” Modified from the event’s press release. Photos by Ken Townsend.